Category Archives: Psychiatry

The shocking facts about shock treatment.

Have you ever heard a medical war story? I died on the table, and they brought me back twice. Broke two of my left ribs. The doc said it was a miracle. You probably have. How about a psychiatric war … Continue reading

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How it all went down. (V)

The 15 minute ride to  the community mental health center is over soon. It’s a beautiful building, nestled between well manicured lawns. The clinic where I work looks nothing like this. Still, it’s a community mental health center. This is … Continue reading

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How it all went down. (IV)

Exam day. I wake up before the alarm goes off. The exam is not until noon, and there is time to spare. I eat a leisurely waffles-and-yogurt breakfast in the hotel lobby, returning to my room only when it’s time … Continue reading

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How it all went down. (III)

Day 4 is my live patient interview. It’s the last interview of the course, and the room is packed with doctors. The patient has chronic schizophrenia- her face is flat and she says very little. I sink my heels in … Continue reading

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And how it all went down. (I)

This morning on my way to work, I received a text from one of my friends reporting that he had passed the oral board exam. Wha..congrats! But the results weren’t due yet! We had taken our exams exactly 12 days … Continue reading

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What makes a doctor happy?

Twitterverse is in disarray over this survey. Every year, Medscape publishes a physician compensation survey. They also send a specialty specific survey to members- I received one for Psychiatry. A lot of people are surprised by the fact that physicians … Continue reading

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Of life and death.

Think back to your first memory of death. Was it a loved one? A stranger? A pet? Were you sad, happy, or just curious? My grandmother, nani, died unexpectedly. During the wake, my cousins and I played together in the … Continue reading

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